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Automatic fluid is leaking from the front of the small radiator

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Assuming that the post is supposed to read, "leaking from the front of the transmission", most likely source is the front trans seal. This cannot be repaired without removal of unit.However, if leak is minor, you can try an additive such a Lucas trans sealer (only one I've ever seen that actually works without doing damage to friction plates).
If post was supposed to read: "leaking from front of vehicle", check transmission cooler lines and repair as necessary. Also, check to make sure fluid is not from power stering unit! Don't forget to replace any fluid lost during repair, regardless of source!!!
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    There aren't many alternatives to replacing the transmission. It would be smart to replace the transmission because you don't have to worry about any issues coming up for a long time. I think it would be smart because a leak is pretty dangerous no matter how big or small it is. http://fortrichmondtransmissions.com/ser...

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Your question is not complete but I assume u have a front seal leak on the transmission? this is the torque converter seal and it requires the removal of the trans to fix it/replace it, if the torque converter has a grove worn in the area where the seal rides you will also have to replace the torque converter. There are trans leak seal sweller chemicals out there, they will slow down or stop the leak for awhile, but in most cases this is a short term fix, also throughly clean the trans first (car wash works great) before any work and make double sure the leak is not from the trans pan gasket.

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